Long Road former student Tom Ridgewell (English Language, Film Studies and Media Studies) is celebrating more than 317 million channel views and one million subscribers to his YouTube channel TomSka.
It was a talk by an industry professional while Tom was at Long Road which inspired him to get filming and uploading videos on YouTube – and Tom has been so successful that he’s now had offers from traditional broadcasters such as Hat Trick Productions and BBC Comedy – which he’s turned down!
Why? Because he’s built up a successful career with YouTube, it’s more fun and it’s more creative.
Tom won a YouTube award when his 1,000,000th subscriber signed up (he now has over 1.2 million) – and he’s also pictured on the front page of the February edition of online magazine Wired and in a feature in the same edition on how YouTube is changing the face of entertainment (you can view the cover online but need a subscription to read the article).
What’s more, Tom is one of the talents behind the very popular ASDF movies.